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Understanding Environmental and Conflict Minerals Regulations

Apr 16, 2013

 Staying informed of regulations impacting the electronics industry is a daunting task. To help electronics manufacturers better understand today’s compliance requirements and sustainability trends, IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries®  will hold two back-to-back events, “IPC Conflict Minerals Update: Developing Industry Practices” and “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Regulatory and Sustainability Update” in Cambridge, Mass., June 3–5, 2013.

The conflict minerals conference and workshop on June 3–4 will feature discussion of current regulatory interpretations, an overview of auditing issues, expert panel discussions on issues including due diligence, data collection and management, and program implementation. The regulatory and sustainability update conference on June 5 will focus on critical regulatory regimes affecting the electronics industry in addition to panel discussions on implementing sustainability goals.

This year’s “It’s Not Easy Being Green” conference on June 5 will feature Steve Andrews and Chris Smith from the U.K. government. EU RoHS Directive experts, Andrews and Smith, will share a comprehensive update on the Directive, including information on enforcement. Other conference presentations will provide critical updates on the EU REACH regulation, China’s chemical regulations, Canada’s chemicals management plan, California’s Safer Consumer Product regulation and alternative assessment processes.

The conference will conclude with a panel discussion on voluntary sustainability initiatives. Representatives from various companies across the electronic interconnect industry will share insights into the implementation of their respective sustainability initiatives.

Co-located with the “It’s Not Easy Being Green” conference, the conflict minerals conference on June 4 will focus on developing industry practices by featuring three panel discussions on key conflict minerals compliance issues. Due diligence panelists will explore what constitutes due diligence under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulation. A panel on data collection and management will discuss available data collection tools and companies’ approaches to implementation. And company compliance panelists will detail efforts to develop and implement conflict minerals compliance programs.
For individuals needing a more in-depth background on conflict minerals, a half-day workshop, “Conflict Minerals Workshop: A Basic Overview,” will be offered on the afternoon of June 3.

For more information and to register for “IPC Conflict Minerals Update: Developing Industry Practices,” visit www.ipc.org/conflict-minerals-conference. For more information and to register for “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Regulatory and Sustainability Update,” visit www.ipc.org/environmental-conference. Registrants of both conferences will receive a $150 discount.


IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,300 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2.17 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

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